2021-2022 Catalog

Elementary Education

Mission Statement

Through the development of pedagogical and content knowledge, personal dispositions, practical applications, professional teaching, and advanced academic coursework, the mission of the Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education program is to prepare masters candidates to meet the academic and developmental needs of all elementary school students.

The Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education program is designed for individuals interested in becoming candidates for a Tennessee Elementary Education (K-5) Teaching License. The program mixes online and on-campus course formats and includes a semester of student teaching or one year of a job embedded clinical experience.

Students in this program must pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge Test before they are considered candidates for licensure and permitted to student teach. Candidates should take this test during the first six months in the program. If a candidate cannot pass the Content Knowledge exam, they may elect to defer course taking in this program of study until such time as they pass the Praxis test, or transfer to the Master of Arts in Education program, which will allow them to complete a Master's degree without licensure.

For initial license candidates, the program is 36 semester hours including the student teaching semester and seminar or one year of a job embedded clinical experience. Candidates seeking an additional endorsement in Elementary Education (K-5) may contact the certification analyst, khobson@cumberland.edu to initiate the procedures for an analysis resulting in an individualized program of study.

Candidates will complete the specific course requirements below.

Emphasis in Elementary Education

Program of Study

MAT 5014Education for the Developing Learner


MAT 5070Advanced Classroom Management


MAT 5080Diverse Populations


MAT 5180Education: The Profession & The Professional


MAT 5250Building Literacy in the K-12 Classroom


MAT 5221Evaluation & Remediation of Reading Problems


MAT 5222Methods of Classroom Teaching


MAT 5400Advanced Assessment


MAT 5540Reading and Writing in the Content Areas


MAT 5285Practicum



MAT 5286Student Teaching


MAT 5287Student Teaching Seminar


MEd 5396/MAT 5396Evaluation and Remediation of Mathematics


Traditional student teaching is completed in one semester with MAT 5286 and MAT 5287 as co-requisites.

Job embedded clinical experience is completed in two semesters with MAT 5285 (first semester of employment) and MAT 5287 (second semester of employment).
36 minimum hours required for graduation.

Licensure: Candidates for a Tennessee teaching license must pass state-required exams to be qualified for a license. Exam requirements periodically change. Candidates must consult the Tennessee Department of Education and Educational Testing Service websites for a list of current licensure exams. Teacher licensure candidates are responsible for taking and passing the correct licensure examinations at specific times in their program of study as is detailed in the online Teacher Education Handbook.